Dom Tristram - Bath

Dominic Tristram 

I have lived and worked in the Bath area for nearly twenty-five years since arriving here for work after university. I have lived in the south of the city - Oldfield Park and Odd Down - with my parter, who works for the NHS. We have a young daughter who was born at home in Odd Down in 2012 and son who was also born at home in Odd Down in 2014. Both attend primary school in Odd Down.

I work in the technology sector. I studied computer science at university and came to Bath to work for a rapidly growing start-up. Since then I’ve worked in everything from Bath’s largest IT company to some of its smallest. I’ve worked directly with various organisations including NHS bodies, the Home Office, the Cabinet Office, Highways Agency, Environment Agency and police agencies. This has given me hands-on experience of the various issues they face - something that is rare in many of today’s ‘professional politicians’ or single issue parties.

I have a long-standing interest in politics which has only grown over time. I believe that most political parties have forgotten about what really matters - the ordinary people, the world we live in, and the quality of our lives. The wishes of the people are largely ignored by most politicians today. I decided that being elected was the best way to give people a voice and protect what we all care about.

I am appalled at what the Conservatives (and Liberal Democrats in coalition) have and are doing to our public services, schools and NHS. However, I will not let them go without a fight. In November 2012 I was elected as a Governor of the Royal United Hospital in Bath when I promised to fight any and all privatisation. If elected, I will do the same in the Commons. Universal, free healthcare, run as a service and not for profit, is not just fundamental to my beliefs but demonstrably the most efficient system. We must not let the profiteers take it from us, and only the Greens are sayng this.

Rights and institutions that have been fought for and hard-won by years of progressive politics are being eroded or destroyed. The poor and vulnerable are demonised, state help is being massively reduced, and millions are having to go to food banks simply to survive. At the same time, the wealthiest have seen that wealth vastly increase and their taxes reduced. Those losing out are being set against those who have even less. This is entirely unjust, unfair and immoral.

It is important that the people of Bath are represented by someone who has close ties with the city. People are becoming disillusioned with politics and it’s not hard to see why - we see professional politicians flown-in to cities to fight elections.

I am a conviction politician - I want to do what is best for you - not what a party whip tells me to, and not what a rich donor commands.

I am standing for the Green Party as it is the only main party that is fighting for ordinary people. We don’t depend on corporate donations and I believe any party that does has a massive conflict of interest when it comes to deciding policy. My politics, and that of the party, are based on evidence, not lobbying and an unsustainable economic model - a world based on cooperation and democracy that would prioritise the many, not the few, and would not risk the planet’s future with environmental destruction and unsustainable consumption.

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